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One of the best and most effective pushups for the upper body is also likely one not covered in what is possibly the best course on pushups (and overall conditioning in general) - Pushup Central - or maybe it is, I cannot quite recall.
It, along with several supplementary exercises is also a great way to work up to handstands and handstand pushups - specifically building up the shoulders and traps (especially) in a manner very few exercises can hit.
I added an inch or so to my traps when I first started doing this - within DAYS - along with the soreness to boot.
No good pain, no superlative gain! Hehe. Ain't that the truth pal.
Anyway, it's DEFINITELY Not mentioned in Shoulders like Boulders, pretty much because it's too tough for most people to do, and the other supplementary exercises do a fine job of building you up as well.
And theyre being called triangle pushups for a reason - they're actually better known as pike pushups.
Some have commented they look like an advanced version of the downward dog in Hindu pushups.
Maybe it looks like that, but it's anything but just that
When you do these at high levels, you'll feel your upper traps and back being "isolated" - yet working more in tandem with everything else - than ever before, and you'll feel the POWER coursing through you, my friend - as you get LEAN and in the best shape of your life.
You truly form a "sharp triangle" with your body more so than the "round triangle" with downward dog. Do it, and youll know (and watch the video too - and others on our youtube channel on this one!)
And on a cold windy day, I bring you some MORE tips (ok, now that I think about it, it HAS been covered in Pushup Central) on this superlatively awesome exercise - in video form.
FEEL the power - like He Man said, and pushups will turn you into a he-man or she-man, hehe - if done right - very quickly too.
Most dont have a clue on how to do it right. Google ain't your best friend either, for those thinking "it's out there for free".
No it isnt.
Nothing can bring you the experience a true "Master of his craft", as I've been called amongst more - can bring you with his words - either verbal or otherwise - they cut DEEP - they cut RIGHT.
Nothing can bring you the hands on knowledge like someone who HAS it can - free or not does not even come into the picture, if cost even enters your mind on something like this, invaluable knowledge you cannot put a price on then you're an utter fool my friend.
NO-ONE brings you pushups like I do, there is NO course like it out there.
Without further ado, make this vow to yourself this year - two - in fact.
One, "I'm going to get good - damn good - at EVERY type of pushup there is".
"I'm going to religiously, BAR NONE, without any excuses make sure to get in at least one workout DAILY - no exceptions allowed - from Pushup Central - 365 - or given it's the 2nd, 364 days of the year. Actually, I'll add in one more to make it a round 365!".
And that, my friend, will get you in the best shape of your life if you follow through and DO.
More later - video at the bottom, I believe.
As the “boom boom boom” PULSATING music fades out after my nth watch of the Bourne Supremacy, I just gotta write to you about something!
And that something is something everyone wants.
Looking young, and more importantly, at least for me or those who GET IT – FEELING young!
The latter usually goes with the former, but the former in exclusion of the latter? Rarely ever, and if so, it don’t last.
Now, I’ve always been told I look a good 10 or 15 years younger than my actual age, and for whatever reason this seems to be more the case as I “get up there in terms of numbers”.
And it ain’t just what I’ve been told.
It’s what I feel.
I’ll be flat out honest with you.
In these “tough times”, I feel better overall and am (surprise!) DOING BETTER overall than when things were all rosy and good at the age of 19, for instance.
Or 32 . . .
. . . Sometimes the tough times make us what we truly are, a WARRIOR!
I saw a line from the movie – ah, I can’t remember the name now, but I saw it last night (a real life remake of Benghazi, a true story).
One of the specially trained SOLDIERS (security detail – an elite one) makes the following comment while fighting off hordes of invading fighters storming the embassy.
“Man, I wish I could go home and STAY THERE. Seems like every time I go home I say it’s the last time but something happens, and I end up back here!”
And that comment really struck HOME for me. Which has always been where I hang my hat.
Anyway, point of this random monologue where my fingers literally are, as Donald Trump famously once said unable to keep up with my mind, and therein lies one marketing secret that I . . . ah, b ut lets get back to it!
Looking young, and feeling, and obviously STAYING young.
In China they’ve got a saying which translates into “A man never really ages until his LEGS stay young” (no, not literal translation, but it’s what I can recall and the gist of it”
“Ren lao, Tui . .. “ (I’ll have to look it up, and I have mentioned this in prior comms, but for now, I’ll leave it be!)
Rocky Balboa famously once said that the “punch is the last to go on a man”.
Well, he proved it. The commentators sitting around the ring said it I believe.
And I’m writing to you about NONE of this really, or perhaps all.
Whats the secret, I’m guessing youll ask. What gives?
Well, exercise done the right way – the VERY UNCONVENTIONAL way – is part of it.
Ditto for diet.
Ditto for the TYPE Of exercises I do, and the SPEED at which I do ‘em!
And while sprints come in there, I’m writing to you about pull-ups!
Most people won’t believe me, but YES, pull-ups can give you tremendous cardio in a way even sprints can’t if you do ‘em right, and bang bang bang like I advocate doing the pushups.
Now, most people CANNOT do a single pull-up, let alone tons of them at rapid fire speed.
50 pull-ups in less than 5 minutes is very doable, my friend, when you work up to it and believe me, at that point, the ADRENALINE coursing through your veins will literally keep you not just alive and KICKING, but FEELING GREAT, looking GREAT, and lookmign and feeling YOUNG all your life!
That’s how pull-ups done right make you feel, not to mention on TOP of the world!
As for the “how’s”, well, I’v ementioned this in the advanced course right HERE.
Bear in mind though, that this course is just for those of you at an intermediate to advanced level at pull-ups.
If you cannot, for instance, do 10 pull-ups in proper form, you might want to start with the BASIC course.
And once you get good – well – have at in terms of the ADVANCED ONE!!
And that’s really all I got to say - - for now!
PS – And no, my lifestyle ain’t exactly one for the pursists in ANY regards. Believe me when I say it, ‘tis the PRECISE and EXACT opposite. That’s how I like it though, and that’s how it shall STAY!
PS #2 – Now what good does this do ME, you might be asking yourself. I can barely do a pushup, let alone a pull-up, and let alone bazillions of them. Well that’s fine my friend. That bit isn’t applicable for you. What you need to get started on the FUNDAMENTALS first, and get good at ‘em – and THIS System is what will get your fitness levels up there so youc an start on the tougher stuff – The 0 Excuses Fitness System. Truly the best damned fitness system on the planet, and one that routinely receives RAVE reviews, and provides even better results. GRAB IT NOW !
So I got through a workout today. An old style workout. A fantastic one!
And why do I say this i.e what makes it different?
Well . . .
. . . because it’s a workout from BACK in the day.
From BACK when I wrote all those books on pull-ups, and when it was my primary means of exercise (the pull-up, that is).
And it fits in nicely with what I said in the last email as well, or at least the ending. If you missed it, go on ahead and check out the blog!
And the workout was . . . pushups, and pull-ups.
More specifically, fingertip pushups and pull-ups, and while the REASON for my doing the workout today (this particular one) was not necessarily to go down memory lane, ended up that way, and that’s what ended up happening.
But, the REAL reason behind the workout was something else, which I will talk about in the next email.
For now, bear in mind that that is how life is when you live in the flow, and so are workouts.
(Comes with caveats, of course. I’m currently nursing a split callus big time – something that has resisted TWO band-aids thus far . . . and looks ready to resist far more. Good news is the scab is already forming, and better news is, again, the MEMORIES it brought back).
I’ve often shown up back home with bleeding palms and BURNING skin (from rubbing a split callus on thick bars for tons of pull-ups).
And I’ve felt GREAT afterwards. And the callus usually heals within a couple of days, and the skin toughens, and . . . bingo. Problem solved. I’ve never been one to let “little things like that” bother me.
But you don’t have to go through that if you don’t want to, and that ain’t why I’m telling you this.
It’s because of two reasons.
One, this workout was done OPPOSITE of the manner in which I normally do my workout. See the next email for more on this, and this was actually the reason I did it in the manner I did.
And two . . .
If there EVER was a better grip workout combo than with the above two exercises (and if you add in hanging leg raises, it amps the effect) I am yet to see it.
The two books on pull-ups, and the THREE Books on grip have MORE than plenty in terms of this, of course.
But the fact is (oh, and add in monkey bars as well) that there are FEW, if any tips I can give you at getting better at and increasing pull-ups than doing and getting very good indeed at fingertip pushups.
My workout today was 50 pull-ups and a 100 fingertip pushups.
And not all at one go. 5 sets of 10 pull-ups, and 5 sets of the pushups.
Maybe I’ll switch the numbers around in the next workout to make it fun!
But for now, I’m toasted. So is my grip.
And so it’s adios for now, with one of the most powerful workout related tips I could ever, ever give you!